One of London’s richest and most dynamic boroughs will host a prestigious new awards programme in 2018 to celebrate its thriving business community.
The Southwark Business Excellence Awards in association with Lewisham Southwark College are being launched in early February by Southwark Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Southwark Council.
The awards aim to recognise and reward the wide range of firms based in the borough, which stretches from Southbank to London Bridge and Surrey Docks in the east, and to Bermondsey, Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich in the south.
With a population of over 300,000, the area is home to 18,000 businesses, including major international companies and brilliant community businesses. It also boasts world class entertainment and arts venues as well as some of the best eating establishments in the city.
As Southwark continues to transform thanks to a number of regeneration programmes, it is hoped the awards will showcase the achievements of the businesses that are key to the borough’s economic success.
“With a rich and diverse business community and an intensive regeneration programme over the past decade, Southwark has become synonymous with growth and development,” said Richard Kalmar, Chair of Southwark Chamber.
“The Southwark Business Excellence Awards will promote the area’s many business success stories and highlight the entrepreneurs who help to bring prosperity and growth to the borough. They will instil confidence and pride in the borough’s business community, as well as encouraging economic growth and marketing Southwark as a world class place to do business.”
The awards are free to enter and will be open to all types and sizes of businesses who will undergo a robust and impartial judging process. The winners will be announced at a glittering, black-tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony for 400 people, hosted by a celebrity compere at a top class Southwark venue next summer.
Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Regeneration, at Southwark Council, said: “Southwark Council values the hugely important role that businesses play in our borough, stimulating our economy and generating jobs and opportunities for local people. We are pleased to support these awards, which will recognise and applaud some of our shining stars.”
The inaugural awards are being supported by some of borough’s leading businesses, including British Land and headline sponsor Lewisham Southwark College.
Carole Kitching, Principal of Lewisham Southwark College, added: “As one of the top performing colleges in London we are delighted to be sponsoring the recognition of excellence in businesses across Southwark. We work with many individuals and businesses within Southwark, and we’re excited to meet and celebrate with the nominees and winners.”
The group of students planted a tree at St John’s Church, opposite Lewisham Way campus, on 21 November, after the church’s vicar approached the College to see whether it could help with the initiative. In addition to planting the tree, the group also spruced up the church yard by carrying out general garden maintenance.
The tree planting is part of the ‘Trees for Sacred Spaces’ campaign which is organised by The Conservation Foundation and supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Horticulture course tutor Paula McAlpine said: “Our Supported Learning students rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and energy. By improving a green space on our doorstep, their practical work has made a real difference to our local community.”
In February next year two London councils will be awarded the title of London Borough of Culture; one for 2019 and the other for 2020. Each winning borough will receive more than £1 million from the Mayor of London and will run a huge and exciting programme of cultural events, that will feature the talents of both global superstars and local people within its year.
Their bid will build unexpected allegiances to create radical ideas that connect people no matter who you are or what your experience is. We hope you will be part of this amazing opportunity to shine a spotlight on the talent and flair of our residents.
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Lewisham’s bid to be London’s Borough of Culture, ‘LoveitLewisham’, was launched on 7 September 2017 at one of London’s most renowned museums, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, in Forest Hill.
Speaking to over 100 people attending the launch, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, urged residents to back the 'LoveitLewisham' bid.
The Mayor of London launched the Borough of Culture competition in June 2017.
Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020 and up to six other boroughs will receive support to deliver individual projects.
Each winning borough will be awarded just over £1million to deliver a year-long cultural programme that brings people and ideas together to celebrate its creativity, collaboration and character.
Sir Steve said: ‘Lewisham should be London’s Borough of Culture because of the creativity, character and diversity of our people. Culture is everywhere in Lewisham, from the brilliant Broadway Theatre to the amazing Albany to south east London’s largest free summer festival, People’s Day. Let’s make Lewisham London’s Borough of Culture.’
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· Add your support to our back the bid pledge
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The high profile nOSCARS awards, organised by charity NAZ, recognise the people, programmes and media that are making a difference in minority communities to challenge HIV and homophobic stigma.
Channan, who turned 18 on the very day of the awards ceremony, beat off stiff competition from a shortlist of adults, many of whom had years of experience in HIV activism, to win ‘Woman of the Year’.
The judges said: “Drawing on her own experiences, Channan has empowered young women to overcome the stigma of HIV by presenting an alternative, positive role model.” They were particularly impressed with the way Channan educates other young people living with HIV on social media, including her Youtube channel.
A very active entrepreneur, Channan founded her own company, KYCHAN Limited at the age of just 13 with the aim of creating fun, inclusive opportunities for young people in her community. She publishes a free teen lifestyle magazine, and organises a wide range of events including make-up and nailcare training courses, a Miss Kychan Teen Supreme pageant, and art and dance competitions.
Channan says: “When I heard I’d been nominated for ‘Woman of the Year’ I was very happy but I never thought I’d win the award because there were lots of adults who’d done great work in my category. When my name was announced as winner, I was over the moon!”
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